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  Ricketts sets out to 'earn the trust' of Nebraskans
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Last EditedCOSDem  Aug 14, 2005 11:48am
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MediaNewspaper - Omaha World Herald
News DateSunday, August 14, 2005 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPete Ricketts realizes that as a wealthy son of a successful businessman, and as a political newcomer, he has a lot to prove to Nebraskans in his quest for the U.S. Senate.

Ricketts, whose father is the founder of Ameritrade, said he is confident he can do that on the campaign trail.

The Omaha man on Saturday became the third Republican to get into what promises to be a competitive GOP primary. The winner will take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson in 2006.

"I absolutely know I have to go out and earn the trust of Nebraskans, and that's what I plan to do," said Ricketts, adding that he will spend the next 90 days introducing himself and his "conservative reform" agenda.

The 40-year-old Omahan said he will stress his business background, his support of President Bush's agenda and his social conservative values: he opposes abortion, gambling and same-sex marriages.

"I am not a career politician. I won't vote like one and I will not act like one," said Ricketts, who stepped down last week as chief operating officer at Ameritrade after 12 years at the company.

His candidacy likely will turn up the heat, and possibly the money race, in the GOP primary.

Ricketts, who said he is worth about $25 million, indicated he would not place a cap on the use of his own money in his campaign. "I will spend the money necessary for Nebraskans to find out who I am," he said.
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